The NRA Show, part two: self defense products

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As I mentioned on Wednesday, I attended the NRA Annual Meetings (NRAAM) last weekend in Louisville, KY. The major attraction is the trade show which is an integral part of the event. It’s the country’s largest consumer trade show focused on shooting, whether it’s for sport, competition, or self defense.

It’s that last item which I’m most interested in and the reason I attend. It’s a chance to see what’s new in the gear for self defense but also to ...

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The NRA Show, part one: the “gunny” stuff

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On Wednesdays I normally post a Hump Day Reading List, but this week is a little different!

I’ve just returned from the NRA Annual Meetings in Louisville, KY. The big draw for the NRAAM is the trade show, which is the largest consumer trade show in the shooting industry (the annual SHOT Show is restricted to industry members.)

While the show is geared toward guns for all kinds of purposes a very large percentage of the people attending are in the ...

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The new episode of PDN Training Talk is just two days away!

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Be sure to join me this Thursday evening at 6:pm PDT/9:pm EDT for PDN Training Talk, the live webcast where you’ll learn about the things you can do to keep you and your family safe!

Whether it’s defensive shooting, emergency medical care, unarmed self defense, preparedness, or every day carry I’ll bring you the factual and rational information you can use right now. No politics, no conspiracy theories — I call it the reasonable person’s approach to personal security.

Here’s the link ...

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The NRA Show is done. Not sure what day this is…

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Just coming back from the whirlwind of the NRA Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY. Boy, am I tired…and I think I’m going to relax for a bit before I jump right back into the blogging thing.

Well, before that I have to tackle the pile of mail on my desk; then I have to unpack and get my dirty clothes into the laundry hamper; then I have a whole raft of emails that I didn’t bother answering while I was busy at the show.

Oh, ...

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A burglar, a boy, and bullets aplenty: how not to respond when life isn’t at stake.

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A couple of weeks back social media was all abuzz at the case of an 11-year-old “hero” who shot a burglar. Now I know we’ve all seen “Home Alone” and cheered when little Kevin McAllister (Macaulay Caulkin) got the best of the would-be burglars, but in this case there’s much less to celebrate.

The news reports I’ve read differ slightly in the details, and frankly the boy’s story appears to keep changing, but what is consistent is that a burglar ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 18, 2016

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It’s the Hump Day Reading List! To start off, we look at a case where a police officer used his trauma kit to save his own life; a story of a man who shot a neighbor under less-than-perfect circumstances; the horrific incident that started one man on the path to an armed lifestyle; the myth of racking a shotgun; taking apart a classic Savage pistol; a comprehensive look at what cover is and isn’t; what you know determines what you ...

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Reliability testing your defensive ammunition: important but often ignored!

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Last week I headed out to the range to do some testing. Not practice, really (though I did use the opportunity to get in some realistic practice drills), but ammunition testing.

Now you’ve probably seen YouTube videos about ammunition testing, complete with gelatin blocks (or their synthetic equivalent) and breathless talk about penetration and expansion. That’s not the kind of testing I was doing; instead, I was testing some new ammunition in two autoloading pistols that I carry for personal defense.

Why ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 11, 2016

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I love putting together the Hump Day Reading List, because I get to learn too! This week: aftermarket parts aren’t all they’re cracked up to be; the popularity of suppressors; concealable guns drive concealed carry; how to recognize when you’re being played; shooting through aluminum isn’t as easy as you might think; you are still not the police; what’s in a trauma kit and why; how to tame the recoil of the shotgun; and Greg Ellifritz looks at a favorite ...

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Did your defensive shooting instructor get his certificate from the University Of Facebook?

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A couple of weeks ago I was witness to an interesting incident on social media. There were two involved parties with me as a mutual contact observing both sides. In that incident are lessons for those who are searching for reliable self defense training and information.

The first party — who is fairly well known in the defensive training world — posted a link to an article or video (I really don’t remember which) about a specific type of response technique. The second party ...

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Did you miss last night’s Training Talk? Watch it now!

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If you missed last night’s Training Talk LIVE show, you missed a great one!

My special guest was Julie Loeffler — defensive shooting instructor, certified Defensive Firearms Coach, and Martial Arts Hall Of Fame member. She’s also a professional woman who loves the latest in fashion, and we talked about how the professional woman, working in a non-permissive environment, can effectively conceal a defensive firearm.

Julie is one of the very few women I know (maybe the only one) who ...

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Rob Pincus and Bob Owens arguing over the Weaver stance: a critical analysis of the controversy.

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About a week ago, Rob Pincus put up a video at Personal Defense Network regarding the use of the Weaver Stance in defensive shooting. Bob Owens at BearingArms apparently took exception to Pincus’ points and posted a personal invective at his own site titled “OH, DEAR: Rob Pincus Doesn’t Understand The Weaver Position.”

Rob asked me to take a look at both his video and Owen’s article; he said, and this is an exact quote from his email, that “I want an ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 4, 2016

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I’ve really got something for everyone today! Starting off, there’s Greg Ellifritz with an article on how to handle people following you; Ian McCollum looks at some incredible engraved revolvers; a way to ease into the preparedness world; a reason why some rifle cartridges destroy barrels; some advice on what to do when your child reaches for your gun; avoiding social violence by being smarter than the other guy; ideas for outdoor security lighting; and all you ever wanted to know ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 27, 2016

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It’s Wednesday (again), but I’ve got happiness for you: the Hump Day Reading List! This week we look at a defensive shooting that really wasn’t; why you fear a knife attack; Ian McCollum brings us an interesting .22 rifle from the days of yore; quick-access safes may not be all that safe; the AR-15 takes on all comers, and emerges victorious; when is a leg wound an abdominal wound?; carrying while on vacation; and Greg Ellifritz brings us some lessons ...

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How to afford the training you need? Sell a gun! (I’m serious.)

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First, I’m going to ask you to go to the PDN site and watch this video of Rob Pincus speaking at last year’s NRA Annual Meeting (watch through at least the 4:45 mark, but I strongly suggest watching the whole thing.)

One of the issues I confront frequently is the excuse that people “can’t afford” the self defense or defensive shooting training they need. They’ll acknowledge that it’s important, agree that they should have it, then say that they just ...

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Did you miss last night’s Training Talk episode? Watch it now!

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If you missed last night’s episode of Training Talk on Personal Defense Network, catch the recording!

I covered quite a bit of ground, including looking at defensive and training ammunition together, rather than separately; a purse-carry tragedy that could have been avoided; some thoughts on appendix carry (and what I use when I carry in that position); and some tips for carrying a defensive handgun discreetly in a professional yet non-permissive environment.

Plus some of your emails!

Here’s the link to the ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 20, 2016

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Welcome to Wednesday — and the Hump Day Reading List! Today Greg Ellifritz has some lessons to be learned from recent news events; a look at why what works in the shoothouse may not work in the real world; Ian McCollum examines the pinfire revolver; storing a defensive shotgun; some women and gun myths get busted; how to deal with people who suddenly find that they aren’t as prepared as you are; and a look at why black women are ...

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Another purse carry tragedy that didn’t need to happen. Can we prevent the next one?

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You’ve probably read stories about how women are buying guns, and getting concealed carry permits, at a higher rate than ever before. I think that’s great; women should be able to avail themselves of the recreational and self defense opportunities that properly handled firearms provide. There’s no reason women shouldn’t become just as proficient with firearms as men, and many go on to do just that.

Unfortunately that’s not true of all women, and frankly it’s not completely their fault. The ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 13, 2016

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How’s your week going? Well, I’m about to make it a little better with some great articles and videos! This week: women are buying guns, but why?; Ian McCollum shows us a Nagant revolver you might not have known even exists; Greg Ellifritz considers what you should do if a fellow airplane passenger gets rowdy; a look at how guns can be intentionally disabled; a new way to mount sights on a lever action rifle; getting your legal education on; ...

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“It’s a training issue.” I don’t think that means what you think it means.

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Hoo boy, I heard it again just the other day: “it’s a training issue”. The subject at hand was a discussion about the traditional double action pistol, the kind that has a long and heavy double action first shot and a shorter, lighter single action (DA/SA) for each subsequent shot.

I’m not a fan of the things as a defensive tool in this modern age. They are the most complicated of the autopistols in use, owing to the two different trigger ...

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Incident Analysis: Road raging car vs. motorcycle. How would you handle it?

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I’ve spoken before about the need to be able to protect yourself when you’re not armed, and today’s topic is a perfect example: a video of a motorcycle versus car road rage incident from Florida shows the need to defend yourself when a firearm is either not available or is not the right choice. Not every lethal threat is a shooting situation!

First, watch the video:

Something to keep in mind: we don’t know what precipitated this video. ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 6, 2016

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Is it Wednesday again? Holy cow this week went by quickly, but I still found the time to bring you some great information! I have a new article up at the PDN Blog; someone showed me a great prepper blog that’s not scary or offensive; Greg Ellifritz looks at a case where a man shot another man over a dog — but not really; a look at TASERs and stun guns for self defense; being in a rut gives you ...

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Perimeter Defense Rifle in Phoenix is coming up soon — sign up today!

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If you have a rifle for home or farm/ranch protection, wouldn’t you like to learn how to use it to its full defensive capability? Well, just two weeks from now you can do just that — by signing up for my Perimeter Defense Rifle class in beautiful, warm Phoenix, Arizona!

I’ll be working with Phoenix Firearms Training to bring realistic defensive rifle training to their sunny city. Perimeter Defense Rifle is the class that focuses on realistic and relevant defensive rifle ...

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The FireClean/Tuohy lawsuit and its effect on the industry

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I’m going to depart from my usual commentary to talk about something that’s happening in the industry.

You may have heard on social media that a lawsuit has been filed by a gun lubricant company against Andrew Tuohy, a popular blogger. I won’t recount the details here, but you can get the story at the Vuurwapen Blog site, and a third-party account at The Firearm Blog.

I’m not going to comment on the merits of the suit or of how ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 30, 2016

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More great information this week! It starts with a video featuring Rob Leatham and Rob Pincus (yes, they actually talk to each other!); a look at the social side of guns and shooting; some prepper terms you might want to know; how you can learn from other people’s experiences; the dangers posed by an otherwise unarmed attacker; Greg Ellifritz looks at why disarms don’t work on the street like they do on the mat; Claude Werner talks about the OODA ...

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Is “Constitutional Carry” good for the rest of us? Let’s make sure it is through education!

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So-called “constitutional carry” is becoming more popular around the country. This refers to being able to carry a concealed handgun in public without any sort of permitting or licensing process, assuming that the person is legally allowed to possess the handgun.

(The term “constitutional carry” is itself a reference to the Second Amendment’s wording of “keep and bear arms”. As constitutional scholars are quick to point out, however, the term isn’t really accurate; however, since it does have a generally agreed ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 23, 2016

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This week I’ve collected quite a few gems for your edification! First up is a look at AR-15 barrel life; then an essay on why the change that comes from carrying a handgun is positive; a link to an article on the pitfalls of the ever-popular slide-mounted red dot sights; Ian McCollum has a video about early lever-action rifles; why you might want to learn how to use a map and compass in this modern age; Claude Werner tackles the ...

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Someone is in your home. Can you shoot him? Should you?

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The other day my UPS route driver stopped by (thank you, Amazon Prime!) and chatted for a few minutes. He had questions for me about defensive shooting during a home break in, specifically when he could and could not legally shoot a person breaking into his home while he was there and whether he could shoot at someone to scare them out of his yard.

These are more complicated questions than the gunstore commandos (or their modern equivalent, the internet forum ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for Mar 16, 2016

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Today’s Hump Day Reading list looks at the legal and practical sides of self defense, plus a few things: a home invasion successfully ended by the defenders; good news for owners of 5mm Remington rimfire rifles; a robbery which ended tragically for the defender but didn’t need to; why you need to learn how to respond to an active shooter; why you need to understand the legalities of self defense; Greg Ellifritz shows you what you need to consider before ...

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